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Human Capital Development Ph.D. Program Overview

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Human Capital Development. The Human Capital Development doctoral program focuses on human capital development through the transfer of research to practice. By developing critical research competencies, professionals are positioned to ask the right questions and help organization leaders make critical decisions about human capital investments. By applying research in the workplace, professionals improve their capacity for driving an organization's human capital strategy. The Gulf Coast program draws on real-world experience and encourages professionals to engage in research and practice meaningful to their organization. The executive format combines 3-to-5 day, face-to-face courses with online instruction. Faculty and industry experts facilitate a think-tank learning environment where creativity flourishes and students engage with the best minds in human capital development.

HCD Ph.D. students will learn:

A wide variety of course offerings gives the graduate a thorough background in both the application of theory and practice in the field.  All students will study the following areas that pertain to HCD:

  • change leadership
  • coaching in the workplace
  • performance improvement
  • strategic planning
  • workforce development
  • instructional design,
  • applied learning theories,
  • assessment and evaluation,
  • future trends in human capital development, and
  • quantitative and qualitative research methods in the HCD field. 

Program Format

HCD Ph.D. program follows the executive format:  eight-week sessions. The flexible program delivery combines 3-to-5 day, face-to-face courses with Web-based instruction. Faculty and industry experts facilitate a think-tank learning environment where creativity flourishes and students engage with the best minds in human capital development.

HCD PhD Program Curriculum

Required Courses (12 hrs):
HCD 640 - Workforce Development Models
HCD 660 - Foundations of Human Capital Development
HCD 725 - Advanced Workforce Analysis
HCD 715 - Change Leadership

Research (27 hrs):
HCD 635 - Statistics in HCD
HCD 745 - Quantitative Research Methodologies
HCD 750 - Qualitative Research Methodologies
HCD 755 - Survey Design and Administration
HCD 760 - Analysis/Interpretation/Reporting Research Results
HCD 891 - Research in Human Capital Development
HCD 898 - Dissertation Research (9 hours)

Electives (15 hrs):
Major Emphasis: by advisement
HCD 643 - Design and Development of Performance Improvement
HCD 665 - Human Capital Development Project Management
HCD 675 - Research in Human Capital Development
HCD 680 - Human Capital Development Seminar
HCD 692 - Topics in Human Capital Development
HCD 720 - Competency Models

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Tentative Course Schedule and Fees 

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